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1 & The Arthurian Legends Medieval Romance&The Arthurian Legends
2 Romance Literature of Medieval Britain Focus Centered around the hero-knight Chivalry Courtly Love Supernatural Elements Repetition of Motifs
3 The Hero-Knight1. Birth of a great hero is shrouded in mystery 2. He is reared away from his true home in ignorance of his real parents. 3. For a time his true identity is unknown 4. After meeting an extraordinary challenge, he claims his right 5. His triumph benefits his nation or group. 6. Is a conquest of good over evil
4 ChivalryChivalry was a system of ideals and social codes governing the behavior of knights.Knights had tobe able to ride well, use weapons, and observe certain rules of warfarebe loyal to their lord, even if it meant deathdefend the Christian faith, even if it meant deathhelp any person in needact with courtesy toward women of rank
5 Courtly LoveCourtly love was an aspect of chivalry that encouraged nobles and knights to improve themselves by adoring a particular lady.A knight seldom “adored” his own wife.The adored lady remained pure and out of the knight’s reach—he served and entertained her and gave her gifts.
6 Supernatural Elements Hero’s birth of mysterious or supernatural originsContains mythical or supernatural entities/beingsContains elements of magic or supernatural occurrencesElements of Christianity mixed with pagan mythology
7 Repetition of Motifs The number three or multiples of three Already seen in The Canterbury Tales27 pilgrims (minus host & narrator) 3 Rioters, old woman lists 3 reasons the knight would objectA year and a day as a time frame= 366 is divisible by 3Knight is given a year and a day to complete his taskChristianity mixed with pagan themes
8 The Arthurian LegendsFirst chronicled in the Historia Brittonum by the Welsh monk Nennius (830 A.D.)Refers to Arthur as a warrior, not a kingPlaces Arthur in the 5th century as a unifying force for the native Britons against the invading SaxonsChronicles 12 of Arthur’s battles
9 The Arthurian LegendsMore thoroughly described in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s (also a Welsh cleric) Historia Regum Brittaniae (1133 A.D.)Formed the foundation of what is now considered the Legends of King Arthur
10 The Arthurian LegendsIn 1155 the French poet Maistre Wace added The Round Table.Chretien de Troyes, also French, wrote five Arthurian stories between the years 1160 and He developed the theme of chivalry and dwelt on the subtleties of courtly romance.Another French man, Robert de Boron from Burgundy, developed the idea of the Quest for the Holy Grail.Back in England at about the same time, (around 1200AD) the priest Layamon wrote the story in English - the first time it had appeared in this language. In his version Arthur did not die from his wounds, he remained on the Isle of Avalon - to return some time in the future.
11 The Arthurian LegendsLe Morte D’Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory, compiles the most extensive telling of the Legends of King Arthur.A collection of 8 stories that piece together the rise of Arthur, Excalibur, his knights of the Round Table and their tales, Guinevere, and the death of ArthurClearly places King Arthur in Malory’s time
12 William CaxtonBrought the printing press (invented in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 ) to London in 1475Le Morte D’Arthur was one of the first books printed in English (The Canterbury Tales was first)The printing press helped solidify and codify the English Language by establishing a means of standardizing spelling and grammar en masse